JOHOR BARU: A policeman was arrested for trying to cash in on a Customs officer detained during a recent sweep by asking for money and food from their relatives.
A lance-corporal at the Ayer Molek detention centre allegedly asked for several hundred ringgit and foodstuff for more than a dozen people from a woman several days ago.
The policeman, in his 30s, was said to have demanded the items to allow the wife to meet with her husband, who was detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis-sion (MACC) in connection with the Customs swoop nationwide.
The policeman, upon hearing that the MACC was aware of his demand, surrendered to the commission, which has since started investigations under Section 16 of the MACC Act 2009.
The Act provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and maximum fine of RM10,000, or five times the value of the bribe.
Johor MACC director Simi Abdul Ghani confirmed the arrest and said that it was their procedure to place suspects at the Ayer Molek detention centre, as they did not have their own lock-up yet. - theStarOnline